Boris Malagurski

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Boris Malagurski
Boris Malagurski Raindance.jpg
Malagurski at the Raindance Film Festival
Born (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 26)
Subotica, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Occupation Filmmaker
Years active 2005–present
Website
http://www.malagurski.com

Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, television host and activist.[1] He is the owner of the Malagurski Cinema production company, based in Vancouver, Canada.

Background

Born to Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. In an interview for Literární noviny, Prague's cultural and political journal, Malagurski said that his last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra, noting that in the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of John III Sobieski against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.[2]

Since Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005, he identifies himself as Serbian Canadian.[3] Malagurski made a documentary film about his move from Serbia called The Canada Project. The film was shown on Serbian National Television, as a part of Mira Adanja-Polak's TV show.[4]

According to the Malagurski Cinema website, Malagurski has been a columnist with Kišobran (lit. Umbrella), a Serbian language monthly newspaper published in Vancouver. Again according to the website, he was the founding president of the Serbian Youth League in Vancouver in February 2008.[5]

Career

In 2009, Malagurski released Kosovo: Can You Imagine?, a documentary film about the plight of Serb communities living in Kosovo at that time. Former Canadian general Lewis MacKenzie, former Canadian diplomat James Byron Bissett, former UNMIK officer John Hawthorne and economist Michel Chossudovsky appear in the film.

In 2010, he released The Weight of Chains, his documentary film analyzing the role that the United States, NATO and the European Union allegedly played in the breakup of Yugoslavia. In April 2012, Malagurski announced plans to produce a sequel The Weight of Chains 2.[6] As of October 2014, the film has not been released.

Boris Malagurski interviewing Novak Djokovic for Belgrade

Belgrade, (also known as Belgrade with Boris Malagurski), a documentary film about Belgrade, the capital of Serbia had its world premiere on 19 October 2013 at Sava Centar in Belgrade.[7]

Since January 2013, Malagurski has been the host of "Revolution" (Serbian: Револуција), a weekly TV show on Happy TV.[8][dead link] According to Malagurski, the goal of the show, which features documentary segments and interviews with state officials, foreign and local experts and ordinary citizens of Serbia, is to answer the question - why do people still have a low standard of living and what can be done to change that?[9] Malagurski aims to provoke initiative so that the citizens can move forward.[10]

Reception

The Serbian newspaper "Politika" described Malagurski as the "Serbian Michael Moore",[1] though Malagurski himself had spoken of his use of "Michael Moore post-production techniques", earlier in the same year.[11] The description was taken up by Press[12] and other media outlets in the region.

Activism

Occasionally, Malagurski has written articles for the political magazine New Serbian political thought.[13][14][15] In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film "The Weight of Chains" at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border,[16] which he claims was a show of support for the Serbs' cause in fighting for their rights in the disputed province.[17]

In June 2012, Malagurski took part in a protest in front of the Radio Television Serbia building, that called for an end to "organized media darkness" in Serbia and requested the airing of Malagurski's film "The Weight of Chains" on Serbia's public broadcaster.[18] In front of 200 protesters, Malagurski said that Aleksandar Tijanić, the director of RTS, had told him that despite positive reviews, "The Weight of Chains" couldn't be aired on RTS because it had already been aired on Happy TV, Malagurski claimed only clips had been shown, which he corroborated with documents from Happy TV.[19] Malagurski also claimed that "Serbia is the only country in the region and in almost all of Europe, where "The Weight of Chains" has not been shown by the national public broadcaster".[20]

On October 24, 2012, on 100th anniversary of the Battle of Kumanovo, Malagurski, together with other Serbian activists, took part in a "Thanksgiving walk of remembrance" from the Government of Serbia building to the Novo groblje cemetery where a wreath was laid on the tomb of Radomir Putnik, the Chief of the Serbian General Staff in the Balkan Wars.[21][citation needed]

Malagurski regularly gives speeches about his film making tactics and current social, political and economic issues in the Balkans; he has spoken at the Association of Students of the Faculty of Law,[22] the Serbian students political forum at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade,[23] at the Novi Sad Law School and the University of Novi Sad Medical School and Faculty of Philosophy,[24] as well as on the panel at a public forum at the Management Faculty in Sremski Karlovci.[25] He also gave a speech on "guerilla filmmaking" at the Megatrend University in Belgrade[26]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
2005 The Canada Project Yes No No Yes
2009 Kosovo: Can You Imagine? Yes No Yes Yes
2011 The Weight of Chains Yes Yes Yes No
2012 The Presumption of Justice Yes Yes Yes No Co-directed with Ivana Rajović
2013 Belgrade Yes Yes Yes No
2014 The Weight of Chains 2 Yes Yes Yes No Post-production
Television
Year Title Director Host Notes
2013 Revolucija (Season 1) Yes Yes 20 episodes from January to June
Revolucija (Season 2) Yes Yes 16 episodes from September to December
2014 Revolucija (Season 3) Yes Yes 12 episodes from January to present

Festival screenings

Awards

  • 2009, Silver Palm Award (one of 14 films awarded in the Student Film category) for "Kosovo: Can You Imagine?" at the Mexico International Film Festival 2009, Rosarito, Mexico.[35][36]

References

  1. ^ a b Добри људи у злим временима | Good people in evil times Politika Newspaper, August 28, 2010
  2. ^ „Vítejte v Kosovu, vaše auto je už tady!“ Literární noviny
  3. ^ Srpsko-kanadski režiser Boris Malagurski Alo novine
  4. ^ Mira Adanja-Polak and You June 5, 2005
  5. ^ "Malagurski Cinema - About". Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
  7. ^ RTS Dnevnik 19. oktobar 2013, Radio Television Serbia, 2013.
  8. ^ Revolucija Happy TV
  9. ^ The Revolution of Boris Malagurski on Happy TV Story.rs
  10. ^ Malagurski: It's time to sober up Večernje novosti
  11. ^ Interview with Boris Malagurski on his new film Novine Toronto | March 26, 2010
  12. ^ New documentary by the Serbian Michael Moore Press newspaper
  13. ^ Битка је у нама Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 1 November 2010
  14. ^ Дневник 2010 Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 19 October 2010
  15. ^ Моја држава, моја револуција Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 14 October 2010
  16. ^ Using alternative paths to get to North Kosovo Politika, October 31, 2011[dead link]
  17. ^ We're afraid of Belgrade, not KFOR Pravda newspaper, October 30, 2011
  18. ^ Protest ispred RTS-a RTS
  19. ^ RTS odbio da prikaže film Težina lanaca Kurir
  20. ^ "Protest ispred zgrade RTS - Internet Archive". pravda.rs. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Thanksgiving walk United Journalists of Serbia Press Centre
  22. ^ "Kosovo and Metohija in the light of international law" Forum at the Assoc. of Students of Univ. of Belgrade Law Faculty
  23. ^ "Kosovo - Where is the solution?"
  24. ^ The Weight of Chains at the Faculty of Philosophy[dead link]
  25. ^ "How to get over stereotypes of bad boys" at F@M Sremski Karlovci
  26. ^ Reditelj Boris Malagurski posetio Megatrend Megatrent[dead link]
  27. ^ a b Young European Filmmakers Palić International Film Festival, 2005
  28. ^ [1], Glas Srbije, May 11, 2009
  29. ^ Težina lanaca: Kritika uloge NATO, EU i SAD i raspadu SFRJ BELDOCS 2011
  30. ^ [2] Raindance Film Festival 2011
  31. ^ Radio Television Serbia | The Weight of Chains in London[dead link]
  32. ^ [3] MIFF Schedule, End of World Showcase
  33. ^ "El peso de las cadenas" Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
  34. ^ Ann Arbor Docu Fest: The Weight of Chains at Cafe Ambrosia accessed Aug 23, 2014
  35. ^ "2009 winners of Silver Palm". Mexico International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  36. ^ RTV - Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Radio Television Vojvodina, May 11, 2009

External links

Official websites

Print media interviews

Films